Sugarpine opens 'incubator' food truck
The team behind Sugarpine Drive-In has opened a new food venture in Troutdale's Glenn Otto Community Park complex — a pop-up food truck that will offer varying styles of cuisine as an incubator for the talent working in the main restaurant.
Da Pine Grinds opened last week with a menu showcasing the delicious flavors of the Hawaiian Islands. Taking the helm for the food truck's opening is Sugarpine's resident grill master — Darrin Domingo, brother of co-owner Ryan Domingo. His food blends family roots back on the island of Kauai with seasonal ingredients found throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Darrin's menu includes Kalua pork, grilled shortibs, mac salad, lomi lomi salmon-style poke and more. Like the main Sugarpine eatery, the menu will rotate with weekly specials. There are also vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.
Da Pine Grinds is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Check out the full menu at sugarpinedrivein.com/food-truck
What makes the food truck special is it serves as a launch pad for Sugarpine staff. The cooks, sous chefs and other team members will be able to express their creativity and menus at the truck, helping the burgeoning restauranteurs someday open their own businesses. That means the food truck will rotate through different cuisines and styles of food featured.
Sugarpine has also closed on a deal build a new restaurant across the river, taking over the former location of Shirley's Tippy Canoe, which was destroyed by a fire in early 2020.
The new restaurant, dubbed Sugarpine Roadhouse, should open in the summer of 2022. The vision is a family-friendly bar and grill where people can enjoy good food and drinks. There will also be an emphasis on indoor and outdoor dining.
Sugarpine co-owners Emily Cafazzo and Ryan Domingo have teamed up with Waechter Architecture to design the new dining destination.
If you go
What: Da Pine Grinds
Where: 1208 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
More info: sugarpinedrivein.com/food-truck
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